I have spent way too many hours grinding the tape and trying to project prospects based off of fit and need, here is what I have on paper about a week out from the start of the 2020 NFL Draft. I decided against trades and went with an approach where I paired players with teams even if I thought they may trade back or up to get that specific player.
Every prospect you see in this mock I have at least watched a game or two of, I do this stuff for fun and for free. It has been a fantastic hobby while stuck at home during the current pandemic so please let me know what you think of it!
- Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow QB, LSU
Joe falls into my top 3 QB prospects I’ve evaluated since starting this hobby. His 2019 season is one of the greatest I have ever seen and I think many others agree. Joe didn’t manage to even put an average game on tape last season and capped it off with a national championship. Joe excels at reading and dissecting a defense quickly, he is slippery in the pocket when evading pressure and showed off some impressive ball placement in 2019. His main mark for me is arm strength but if he can evade pressure in the NFL like he did at LSU it won’t matter much. Cincinnati’s only worry is if he pulls an Eli Manning – like move and refuses to play there.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young EDGE, Ohio State
Chase Young is the best player in this draft and he hasn’t even come close to tapping his potential. The Redskins add to what is already a STACKED defensive front that includes; Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis and Da’Ron Payne. Not sure who the odd man out will be but you can bet that Chase Young will be on the field.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeff Okudah CB, Ohio State
Trading Slay away isn’t exactly ideal but replacing him with Okudah is about as good as it could possibly get for the Lions. Okudah’s hips move like he was created in a lab that was dedicated to creating the perfect DB. I do believe the Lions have looked to trade out of this pick but I don’t think teams are willing to give up assets for the QBs w/ question marks still on the board.
4. New York Giants – Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia
This is the first time I have mocked Andrew Thomas to the Giants but I read a couple things that have convinced me Gettleman is in on him. I don’t believe Thomas is the best tackle in this class nor do I think he has the highest ceiling as a prospect but he is very ready to play day one and I think that is important to Gettleman. Thomas started at LT in a pro-style offense at Georgia for three years. His strength is run blocking, he leverages his length into power. I do think he may have some issues with speed rushers early on in his career. I have seen some balance issues on tape. Overall though, Thomas projects to be a franchise LT in the NFL and is still a top 15 player for me in this draft.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa QB, Alabama
‘Tank for Tua’ comes full circle and even after Miami finishes with the 5th overall pick they still end up with their guy. I am unsure about his hip and if things aren’t looking great I could see a big slide but for the sake of the mock I have the second best QB in the draft going to the second team that needs a QB. Tua brings mobility behind the LOS, he evades pressure to make plays downfield, a lot like Deshaun Watson does. If all checks out with Tua I think he can be a franchise QB and the risk could very well be worth the reward.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert QB, Oregon
Three QBs in the first 6 picks…spoiler alert…that is all that you will see in this first round. Personally, the more I sit down and watch Herbert the more I have a difficult time seeing him as a top 10 pick. He has the god given arm strength, he is a pretty solid athlete that isn’t afraid to get mobile but it’s the film that makes me scratch my head. Josh Allen is a great example of someone with terrible tape being successful in the NFL but even he still has a long way to go. The Chargers look to ignore all of the errant throws Herbert put on film and hope they can groom their QB into a field general.
7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons LB, Clemson
Simmons really can do it all and I look forward to seeing how, whoever drafts him, plans on deploying him. This pick comes down from the Panthers owner, David Tepper, who seems to be forward thinking and I think will understand a hybrid player like Simmons is much harder to find than a run stuffing defensive tackle in Derrick Brown. The new regime starts in Carolina with a new face of the defense.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Jedrick Wills OT, Alabama
Cardinals select OT1 on my board and a player that I believe is top 5 in this class. Somehow the Cardinals still own this pick after trading for De’Andre Hopkins this offseason, which is insanity. Jedrick played primarily at RT for Alabama but I do think he possesses the ability to eventually move to the left side if needed. Wills body bagged countless edge defenders in the best conference in football. His strength is used to maul the person across from him and he plays with the nastiness you look for in a tackle. Arizona’s offense is starting to look like one of the better units in the league.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Javon Kinlaw IDL, South Carolina
Whoa an interior defensive lineman and it isn’t Derrick Brown?? Jacksonville wants to get back to the way they played in 2017 and to do that they need a solid pass rush. Kinlaw is the best interior pass rusher in this class. His ceiling is sky high as well because, as of right now, he really just uses one move to win consistently. I think this is Jacksonville’s guy whether they stay and take him at 9 or trade back a few spots with a team that is looking to land a tackle or receiver.
10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton OT, Louisville
I didn’t realize how good this fit was until I read some stuff from Brett Kollman about how new Browns head coach, Kevin Stefanski, loves to run outside zone lead and how good Becton is at executing that play. Becton is an impressive athlete for his massive size (6’7″ and 370 lbs) and I think he is worthy of a top 10 pick in this class. Browns start fresh, not only with a new coaching staff, but also what they hope to be a franchise LT protecting Baker Mayfield.
11. New York Jets – CeeDee Lamb WR, Oklahoma
The first WR is off the board at 11 overall. The Jets give Sam Darnold a new toy unlike any receiver he has ever thrown to. I am a huge CeeDee Lamb fan, he reminds me of my favorite pro receiver, De’Andre Hopkins. Lamb has real solid hands and gets after it in the YAC game. The Jets need to address keeping Sam Darnold clean at some point but I just don’t think they will be able to pass up one of the top receivers in the class.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – Jerry Jeudy WR, Alabama
Jon Gruden: “Mike, I need a new toy for this offense”
Mike Mayock: “This is the deepest receiver class in years, we will have plenty of opportunity to address that position”
Gruden: “No Mike. You aren’t understanding, I want one at 12”
Mayock: “The defense needs help, Brown and Henderson are still on the board. Those guys are blue chip guys”
Gruden: “Jeudy is on the board, all I am saying is you better make it happen” *click*
Love this fit! It is a great weapon for Carr or Mariota this season and whoever is the QB for Las Vegas beyond this year. Jeudy simply gets open and that is the most translatable trait a receiver can have. He wins with his route running and you just know if Gruden was still a TV analyst we would all be hearing about how great this guy Jeudy is.
13. San Francisco 49ers – CJ Henderson CB, Florida
San Francisco pulled off a blockbuster trade to land this pick, shipping off one of the best interior defenders in the league. And no, I am not forgetting about Derrick Brown here. I just feel this is the biggest need for SF and the league seems to really like CJ. Henderson has some of the best coverage skills in this class. We all know about how often he makes business decisions and that shouldn’t be forgotten, mainly because I think you want a real dog playing this position but at the same time some of the greatest DBs haven’t been the most willing tacklers.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tristan Wirfs OT, Iowa
I don’t think Tampa will be able to stay at this pick to land Wirfs but I do think they will find a way to move up to the Jags or Browns pick and snag their guy. Wirfs, as many of us might remember, absolutely killed the combine. I can’t remember the last tackle with that elite of testing. There is a common theme with the four tackles that have been drafted so far and it’s strength. Bucs address a short term need protecting Brady, while adding a long term franchise tackle to the roster.
15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs WR, Alabama
Henry Ruggs has been John Elway’s guy since as long as I can remember. I also believe there could be a possible trade up of some kind for the Broncos and Elway to secure their new weapon. I am absolutely fascinated with this scenario, I think Drew Lock throwing the ball to Ruggs, Sutton and Fant could mean early success for the young QB. Ruggs offers speed opposite Sutton which is why I love this fit, but if you follow me you’ll know I believe Ruggs can win at every level. An underrated route runner that doesn’t ever seem to drop the ball, oh yeah, and he also ran a 4.27, 40 yard dash at the combine, good for 6th fastest of all time.
16. Atlanta Falcons – Derrick Brown IDL, Auburn
The Derrick Brown slide ends at pick 16. It isn’t that I think Brown will be a bad pro, I just never really understood the top 5 hype. Brown is massive in the run game, he is a stud on the interior and will be really really good next to Grady Jarrett. Brown just isn’t a great athlete and he doesn’t show much potential of being a pass rush threat in the pros. If an interior lineman is going to be drafted in the top 10 they better show a high pass rush ceiling, like I am talking a Ndamukong Suh type player. Falcons really land the perfect fit for their defensive front in Brown.
17. Dallas Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE, LSU
This isn’t the Cowboys most pressing need but I do believe Chaisson is the best player available at this point by a decent margin. Chaisson did a little bit of everything when he was on the field at LSU. A hybrid player that can both rush the passer and drop in coverage, Chaisson didn’t have amazing production rushing the passer throughout his career, but when he played, especially in 2019, you can see he is effective. The ultimate chess piece that allows a defensive coordinator to be versatile, Chaisson is one of only three EDGE rushers in my first round mock.
18. Miami Dolphins – Xavier McKinney S, Alabama
Miami goes best player available here, mainly because I think it is too early to draft one of the remaining tackles or any of the guards. Miami is quietly throwing together a very impressive secondary with Byron Jones, Xavien Howard and Eric Rowe. McKinney is more of the strong safety type, he plays really well with the play in front of him and is a plus tackler with incredible play recognition. I do think he can offer snaps as a deep third or half safety so he really shouldn’t ever need to leave the field.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – Jeff Gladney CB, TCU
Some may think the Raiders can trade back here if Gladney is there guy but with the amount of teams in the 20s that need corners I think you have to stay put and just get your guy. Gladney’s size isn’t imposing but don’t let that fool you, he plays like a DAWG. Throw on Gladney’s tape and I promise you won’t find more pass breakups anywhere else (I lied, you might if you’ve watched Amik Robertson). Gladney will be a breath of fresh air for the Raiders who have struggled finding corners who actually play the football.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kristian Fulton CB, LSU
The Jaguars are in need of serious perimeter help after trading AJ Bouye to the Broncos this off-season. Fulton thrives in press coverage and shows pretty solid ball skills. I would consider him a very well balanced prospect. He could use some work wrapping up in the run game, but so could most of the corners in this class. I don’t think Fulton is a very sexy pick but he should have a very solid career at outside corner.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson WR, LSU
In a receiver class that includes Jeudy, Ruggs and Lamb I have somehow found myself most excited with this fit. I honestly don’t care if he lines up outside, inside or upside down. He is the type of consistent help that Wentz needs. An incredibly high floor pick for an offense that is in dire need of weapons. Jefferson shows an advanced understanding of what it means to run routes from the slot. He swallows up anything that is thrown to him in the short to intermediate game, showing off his hand strength countless times. Having a potential game changer from the slot and DJax on the outside is going to open up so much underneath (Ertz). If Jefferson eventually can play outside…great…if not, then what does it really matter. Winning from the slot is so important in today’s NFL.
22. Minnesota Vikings – Jaylon Johnson CB, Utah
The Vikings have gone through quite the off-season. Diggs is gone. Everson Griffen gone. Waynes, Alexander and Rhodes gone. All while Kirk Cousins is extended. I don’t disagree or agree with all of these moves but what I can tell you is they need to make the most of this 2020 draft. Jaylon Johnson can replace a struggling Rhodes on the outside for Minnesota. He has that dog I am often referring to when looking at corners. He is a ball hawk that is going to create turnovers. Marcus Peter vibes. Hate him or love him but Peters finds a way to take the ball from the other team, simple as that.
23. New England Patriots – Zack Baun EDGE, Wisconsin
The Patriots without Tom Brady is going to be interesting to follow. Can BB keep them afloat with a rock solid defense and a sub par offense (oh so exactly what he did last year *ducks*)? I honestly think so, at least in the AFC. Belichick gets a really good scheme versatile football player in Baun. Baun did a little of everything at Wisconsin. In 2019 he had 75 tackles, 19.5 TFLs, and 12.5 sacks while picking up an int and a couple of forced fumbles. The word ‘chess piece’ is a bit overused but I do think Baun will be a great Kyle Van Noy replacement in BB’s defense. Please whoever drafts Baun, use him as a pass rusher and not a SAM linebacker, Baun is one of the more polished pass rushers in this class.
24. New Orleans Saints – Patrick Queen LB, LSU
I haven’t changed this pick since my very first mock draft of the season. It just seems like the perfect fit to me. Keep the Louisiana kid in Louisiana. Queen is an intriguing prospect, he flies sideline to sideline and diagnoses the play at an impressive rate. His frame prevents him from being a thumper, but in today’s NFL I don’t think that is necessary with someone who has such a high football IQ. I love the Deion Jones comps for Queen.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Denzel Mims WR, Baylor
How can you not like Denzel Mims after watching his tape. Maybe you think he didn’t separate as well as he should or maybe you think the hype is just a little bit too much at this point. But, you can’t sit there and tell me you didn’t at least enjoy the plays he makes. Mims has some intangibles that you just can’t teach. It starts with his catch radius and body control. Mims tape is littered with crazy sideline toe tap catches, plays that make you go “Holy shit! How did he do that?!?” If Minny gets the Mims that showed up to the Senior Bowl this year, I think they just might have a pro bowl type receiver on their hands. It is an added bonus that he is a Vikings fan and mentioned Adam Thielen as the Greatest Of All Time.
26. Miami Dolphins – Isaiah Wilson OT, Georgia
The first major reach in my mock! Wilson played right tackle for the Bulldogs. He is a pretty massive dude but is incredibly raw from a technical standpoint. The Dolphins need a tackle though and there are too many reports that Wilson is being looked at in the first round to ignore. Super ironic that the Dolphins snatch a very risky tackle prospect with the pick they obtained from the Texans for Laremy Tunsil (franchise LT), or maybe it isn’t ironic at all because I did this on purpose…*insert devil emoji*
27. Seattle Seahawks – Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE, Penn State
This pick could definitely change if something happens between now and the draft with Clowney and the Seahawks but regardless Gross-Matos is a very high ceiling type player. This EDGE class is rather weak so grabbing a player like Gross-Matos who can already defend the run well and has an untapped ceiling of potential when it comes to rushing the passer is a great get.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma
Murray is an impressive athlete that moves sideline to sideline well. He shows off his range countless times on tape. His biggest knock is his play processing, his football IQ seems to not all be there at times and maybe it was just the scheme he was in at Oklahoma but he gets caught too far away from the LOS way too often. Freakish athlete with great length for tackling that can be groomed into an every down backer with the right coaching. A huge need for the Ravens is addressed at 28.
29. Tennessee Titans – Josh Jones OT, Houston
Dennis Kelly is fine in the interim at RT but eventually the Titans will need to replace Jack Conklin. Josh Jones is a raw prospect that has all the tools to become an elite tackle in the NFL. He has the athleticism that you dream of on the offensive line. His mark is his footwork, too many false steps on tape for my liking, but get him with a great coach (Where is Dante Scarnecchia when you need him lol) and he could become something great.
30. Green Bay Packers – Jalen Reagor WR, TCU
Honestly the Packers could address one of a handful of needs at this pick and with the receiving class so deep maybe they do look elsewhere but with Reagor on the board I just can’t pass up this value. Reagor’s explosiveness is what the Packers are missing in their offense. In the NFL I believe he is versatile enough to line up as a Z receiver or in the slot. Raegor can be everything the Packers thought they may have had with Marquez Valdes-Scantling with his ability to win vertically. It might not even be that crazy to say that Reagor is the best vertical threat Rodgers has ever had.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Laviska Shenault WR, Colorado
This is about the best possible situation Shenault could find himself in. Playing in Shanahan’s offense is a wideout’s dream, especially one that may not be great at creating separation. Niners receivers found themselves with the most separation of any team in the league last year. Shenault is big and fast. The name of the game is to get the ball in his hands somehow, someway because the YAC ability is definitely where he is going to eat. I truly think he played injured for most of 2019 therefore the tape just isn’t great. Rewind to 2018 and it is a much different story.
32. Kansas City Cheifs – AJ Terrell CB, Clemson
The Super Bowl Champs add a much needed outside corner in Terrell. Terrell got eaten up by Ja’Marr Chase (best receiver prospect since Julio imo) in the national championship game but if you know at all how I feel about Chase, I don’t really think that is a huge deal. Terrell has ideal length and his technique is incredibly fluid. He could definitely look to add some mass to help with his iffy tackling.
33. Cincinnati Bengals – AJ Epenesa EDGE, Iowa
Bengals go with the best player available at the top of Round 2. I understand that Epenesa may not have the bend or burst most teams are looking for but he can absolutely still get to the QB. A plus run defender that has an arsenal of power rush moves in his toolbox. His length and heavy hands help to reset the line of scrimmage on most of the film I watched. Bengals add a stout run defender that has some serious appeal as a power rusher as a base 4-3 DE.
34. Indianapolis Colts – Jordan Love QB, Utah State
The Colts manage to still obtain the QB they’ve been connected with during this whole pre-draft process. I don’t necessarily think Love will just be sitting here at 34 but I do think the Colts would be wise to move into the late first to grab him, if he is truly their guy. Love is a bit of a wildcard, another story of a great 2018 vs a wtf 2019. Love’s surroundings did not help him much in 2019 but he just made so many head scratching plays that seemed to be his own decision-making. I think this is a player worth investing in solely because of his physical attributes and what we saw on film in 2018, especially in the late first/early second round.
35. Detroit Lions – Neville Gallimore IDL, Oklahoma
The Lions defense was terrible again in 2019. Matt Patricia’s head coaching tenure has been pretty underwhelming so far, but I do think if they add a couple of impact starters in Okudah and Gallimore things could change in the Motor City. Gallimore is really quick and twitchy for a guy his size and that is probably due to how nimble he is on his feet. Gallimore can really push the pocket and will help the Lions get some pressure on the opposing QB. He was inconsistent actually finishing the play but I think that is something that he can learn with time and the right coaching.
36. New York Giants – Joshua Uche, EDGE
I love this pick and I truly don’t think Gettleman has it in him to make a pick this good but here I am mocking a hybrid line backer to the Giants. Uche brings versatility with the ability to drop into shallow zone coverage, but don’t let that fool you into thinking he is a SAM or WILL, this kid can get after the QB showing off his quick burst and elastic bend. He really fits into the LEO position that the Seahawks deploy with Bruce Irvin.
37. Los Angeles Chargers – Ezra Cleveland OT, Boise State
You know I am a Boise State fan and I never in a million years expected Ezra to be anything more than a Day 3 pick, but just yesterday we have rumors circulating that the Browns are looking at him in the first round. I like the athlete that Cleveland is but he is a mess when it comes to technique. I would not feel comfortable throwing him into an offense in Year 1, he has a lot of work to do on the fundamentals of the position. In the draft you do need to ‘project’ a bit and think about what the player could be in a year or two, but unfortunately I think Cleveland is more of a project than anything.
38. Carolina Panthers – Justin Madubuike DT, Texas A&M
Panthers are revamping this defense and with newly added Avenger, Isaiah Simmons, in the first round, they look to add another piece to the front 7 in Madubuike. Madubuike brings versatility showing success as a 5T, 3T and 0T in obvious pass rush situations. Another big guy that moves real well for his size. He does a great job tackling due to how explosive he is. Madubuike is an every down player that will give the Panthers good push up front.
39. Miami Dolphins – Cesar Ruiz IOL, Michigan
Ruiz is the best interior offensive lineman in the draft, he can align at center or either guard position. The Dolphins need to invest in protecting their top 5 pick that is coming off a major hip surgery and Ruiz is the guy to do it. Insanely powerful punches that stun defensive lineman. He sort of has it all; great lateral movement, refined technique and loads of power. Ruiz should probably be a first rounder but he falls a bit and the Dolphins after reaching on a tackle in the first, have Ruiz fall in their laps at 39 overall.
40. Houston Texans – Ross Blacklock IDL, TCU
Odds that the Texans pick 40 come this Friday? I would say pretty low but we will see what trader BOB has up his sleeves. If they stay put I think it would be best if they added to what was an underwhelming defensive line sans JJ Watt last season. Blacklock is light on his feet (moves real well laterally) and uses his hands and length to control the point of attack. The Texans need a replacement for DJ Reader and I think Blacklock could be just that. Blacklock bounced back to have a great 2019 season after dealing with a season ending achilles injury in 2018.
41. Cleveland Browns – Grant Delpit S, LSU
I don’t care what you think about Delpit’s tackling, this kid is a playmaker and will be a long time starter in the NFL. His range gives him versatility to play single high, deep half or you can even let him play in the box. Delpit has an incredibly quick trigger getting into pass lanes and breaking up quick slants. He navigates through traffic well due to his high football IQ. Tackling is important and for Delpit to be anything great in this league he has some work today but he presents many skills that aren’t typically found in a Day 2 safety.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – Antoine Winfield S, Minnesota
Winfield is the definition of a ball hawk. He is aggressive going after the ball in the air and came away with many turnovers because of it. A player with NFL bloodlines, father played 14 years in the NFL as a cornerback. Winfield. He doesn’t really have the range or speed to play single high, but he will do just fine as a deep half safety in the NFL. Jaguars add a playmaker on the back end of their new look defense.
43. Chicago Bears – Jeremy Chinn S/LB, Southern Illinois
The Bears first pick in the draft is a player who is fast rising up draft boards. Chinn measures in at 6’3″ and 220 lbs, an imposing stature for a defensive back. Throw on a Jeremy Chinn highlight reel and you will easily see why this guy is viewed as an explosive playmaker. He doesn’t really excel in man coverage so if you can afford to play him in a hybrid type role like Derwin James does for the Chargers that would be ideal. An explosive athlete that Chicago can pair with Eddie Jackson on the back end.
44. Indianapolis Colts – Michael Pittman Jr. WR, USC
The Colts need some weapons besides TY Hilton so adding a player like Pittman would make a lot of sense. Pittman will ideally play out of the slot in the NFL. He ran a pretty small route tree in college but the routes he did run, he was very effective at winning. He is crafty at the stem of his route to get open on quick outs or deeper comebacks. A successful downfield receiver that has potential to be developed into a more nuanced receiver in the pros.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – D’Andre Swift RB, Georgia
The Tompa Bay Buccaneers select the first RB in this mock draft. Swift is tough as nails and does all the things needed to stay on the field. In my opinion he was restricted a bit in Georgia’s between the tackles running scheme. He will do much better with a spread style offense that will let him show off his vision and speed. It is only an added bonus that Swift is one of the best pass catching backs in the class. Arians and Tom get themselves a shiny new toy.
46. Denver Broncos – Noah Igbinoghene CB, Auburn
Iggy has only been playing the position for a couple seasons and you can tell his technique is still very raw. He excels in zone coverage because of how quick he snaps to his closing point and drives through the ball. A player that has the toolbox to be a solid boundary corner in the NFL, Iggy needs some technique refinement before I would feel comfortable playing him in man coverage. Worst case scenario he transitions into a strong safety in the NFL.
47. Atlanta Falcons – Trevon Diggs CB, Alabama
The Falcons need to do something about their secondary after losing Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford in back to back off-seasons. Luckily enough the last of my second round graded corners is still on the board. Diggs is a refined zone corner that has impressive ball skills. He, along with most of the corners in this class, is a questionable tackler but he projects as a starting outside corner for the Falcons who are desperately need help on the boundary,
48. New York Jets – Austin Jackson OT, USC
The Jets passed up on Wirfs in the first round to grab the playmaking Lamb. Now they have look to address their offensive tackle issue. Jackson is a raw prospect that, if I am being completely honest, just doesn’t do it for me. His technique is all over the place on film, inconsistent footwork, hand placement and weight distrubition. Jackson is one hell of an athlete but there is a lot of projection needed to see him starting at the NFL level. Jets take USC tackles in back to back classes that both blocked for Sam Darnold in college.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben Bartch OT, St. John
Ben Bartch is one of my favorite prospects in this years draft. A converted tight end that gained over 60 lbs by eating a milkshake every day that contained seven scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, instant grits, peanut butter, bananas and of course Gatorade to top it off. Bartch showed up to the Senior Bowl and let everyone know he could hang with the big boys all. He didn’t back down to D1 talent and if I have learned anything from small school lineman over the years, it’s that they have the biggest chips on their shoulder. Bartch projects to a tackle position in the NFL but if needed he could align inside as well. He has some technique refinement that is needed but it is nothing a pro coach can’t help with.
50. Chicago Bears – Damon Arnette CB, Ohio State
When the Bears were on top of the NFC North it was because of their defense and the types of players they had on that side of the ball. I have already added Jeremy Chinn earlier in the round and now they add Arnette. Arnette has been overshadowed a bit by the Okudah hype at Ohio State. This kid can play football and he plays with that nasty edge you want on your defense. He plays really tight and aggressive in the short and intermediate areas, similar to the likes of Marlon Humphrey. He doesn’t offer the long speed that you want in a true number one corner but as long as he maintains his aggressive approach he should excel in the NFL as a boundary corner.
51. Dallas Cowboys – Kyle Dugger S, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kyle Dugger was the best player on the field every time he suited up and it showed on tape. Dugger attended Division II school, Lenoir-Rhyne, and played a little bit of everything for them (SS, LB, RB and was the primary return man). He projects to a hybrid safety/linebacker position in the NFL, but I think he can also line up at nickel. Dugger is one of the best athletes in this draft, a sure fire tackler with explosive speed that allows him the range to really play safety at the next level. Dugger would be a great addition to Mike Nolan’s defense.
52. Los Angeles Rams – Malik Harrison LB, Ohio State
Malik is one of those old school thumpers at linebacker. He doesn’t really possess great man coverage skills that will translate to the next level. Harrison was asked to do a lot at Ohio State and I truly think he got better each year. He deconstructs blocks like a maniac, his hands must weigh a ton (literally they look like cinder blocks). He is going to provide much more in the run game than the pass but he did show some flashes in zone coverage that could translate.
53. Philadelphia Eagles – Willie Gay LB, Mississippi State
A true combine warrior, Willie Gay blew it up this year making myself and many others check out his film. Gay has the size and density to be a thumper in the run game while also having the athleticism to be super range-y in coverage. He has a couple red flags on his resume and he didn’t get as much playing time in college because of it but the film he does have will often times have you saying “this guy is a Day 2 guy?”. He needs to work on his decision making because his instincts don’t always guide him in the right direction, but I do believe a pro coaching staff can mold Gay into a starting Mike or Will at the next level. Plus Gay – Cox lol.
54. Buffalo Bills – Curtis Weaver EDGE, Boise State
Man I love me some Curtis Weaver and I bet the Bills probably do too. The all time sack leader in the Mountain West division, all Weaver did at Boise was get into the backfield. He has some bend for his size but he really relies on his hand work, lots of cross chops on film. He has a good football IQ, the Broncos asked him to do a lot (hand in dirt, stand up, drop in coverage). Absolutely do not drop this man in coverage LOL. He could use some improvement in his run defense as a whole but if you want a guy that is going to hit the QB Weaver is your guy. Added bonus; he has some of the best sack celebrations out there.
55. Baltimore Ravens – Tee Higgins WR, Clemson
If you follow me on twitter you know how I feel about Tee, but at 55, I think this is where he becomes a value pick. A bigger guy that wins contested catches in tight spaces. He has some twitch for being 6’4″ but not the kind of twitch that is going to create him much separation. Tee will thrive if he can continue to stack DBs at the LOS in the NFL. He is going to win downfield in tight space because of his length and ball skills. He adds a different dimension to the Ravens offense that Lamar doesn’t have yet, a true X receiver that Lamar can throw it up to downfield.
56. Miami Dolphins – Jonathan Taylor RB, Wisconsin
Taylor has had one of the more decorated college careers. He is the only player to ever rush for 6,000 yds in a 3-year span, had the most 200 yd rushing games and won the Doan Walker award (best RB in college) twice. Taylor has that home run speed you are looking for in a back. With his biggest concerns being mileage, ball security (18 fumbles) and the lack of pass pro or pass catching on film. Taylor had 926 college totes and that is excuse my french, a fuck ton. Using him lightly in a committee with Jordan Howard over the next year or so might be wise, at least until Miami is ready to compete.
57. Los Angeles Rams – Lloyd Cushenberry IOL, LSU
The Rams pick again here, in result, of the Brandin Cooks trade and trader BOB thinking he doesn’t need young talent on his roster. They add one of the best players on the National Champion LSU team, Lloyd Cushenberry lined up at center for the Tigers but he has the versatility to play either guard position at the next level. Lloyd is the first offensive lineman to be given the coveted #18 jersey at LSU, he is a leader on and off the field and would be a great addition to the Rams struggling unit. Cushenberry played great at the Senior Bowl, giving Kinlaw a run for his money in some of the line drills.
58. Minnesota Vikings – Jonah Jackson IOL, Ohio State
The Vikings need some help on that offensive line and Jonah is the best pure guard on the board. A perfect fit for Gary Kubiak’s zone heavy running scheme. Jackson transferred within conference from Rutgers to The Ohio State University and really made a name for himself this year. He has great balance due to his light feet and lateral quickness. I believe Jackson can be an immediate starter for the Vikings.
59. Seattle Seahawks – Lucas Niang OT, TCU
My personal OT5 has a bit of a slide due to some injury history (2019 hip injury). When Niang was on the field though he was impressive in both the run and pass game. He has all the tools to be a long time starter in the NFL, he just needs some refinement of his technique. The Seahawks grab what should be a healthy Niang to start at right tackle for them this season, Niang has the added potential of being the eventual left tackle when Duane Brown decides to retire.
60. Baltimore Ravens – Netane Muti IOL, Fresno State
This is a pretty bad interior line class and the Ravens have a huge need there, attempting to replace Yanda. Muti is risky here but it is not due to lack of talent. He has had three lower body injuries that have cut his seasons short, so he really hasn’t seen the field much. When he was out there, man was he imposing, a great mixture of athleticism and power. Muti’s game is diverse enough to run a combo of zone and power concepts and barring a clean bill of health, should be a starter at LG for the Ravens.
61. Tennessee Titans – Terrell Lewis EDGE, Alabama
The 8th Alabama player drafted in the first two rounds. Lewis is super long and has an impressive first step. He doesn’t really use his hands well enough to get to the QB at the next level. He can be eased into a pass rush specialist role in Tennessee while he masters some counters and learns some hand technique. One of the top defenses in the league last year looks to add a raw talent that has the potential to be molded into a freaky pass rusher.
62. Green Bay Packers – Raekwon Davis IDL, Alabama
Make that 9 Alabama players drafted in the first two rounds. We were seriously robbed of a Bama/LSU rematch in the CFP this season. Raekwon Davis is the perfect fit next to Kenny Clark in GB. He is a 2 gap defender that has the versatility to move all along the line. A stout run defender that deconstructs blocks at will. Davis doesn’t offer much when it comes to getting to the QB but as long as his role is defined he can add immediate help.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB, LSU
CEH is not an overly imposing athlete or even all that fast, but his football IQ and quick processing makes him a really intriguing prospect. A three down back that excels in pass blocking and pass catching, and route running on top of that. He has great vision and seems to always make the right decision at the LOS. CEH is my RB1 in this class because of how high his floor is and how he almost never leaves yards on the field.. Any top RB in this class that lands in KC is going to have a great career with Andy Reid and Pat Mahomes, but CEH seems to be the perfect back for this offense.
64. Seattle Seahawks – JK Dobbins RB, Ohio State
It pains me to mock a RB to the Seahawks because I know how good both Carson and Penny are. The problem is, those guys just can’t stay healthy, and definitely aren’t healthy enough to give a second contract too. The Seahawks want to run the football, they want to grind out yards and that is exactly what Dobbins would do for them. He has great vision and patience, as well as being a plus receiver out of the backfield. His biggest mark is his ability to pass protect, and it isn’t that he isn’t willing to knock someone on their ass either, he could just be coached up on pass pro a bit.
65. Cincinnati Bengals – Matt Hennessy IOL, Temple
66. Washington Redskins – Saahdiq Charles OT, LSU
67. Detroit Lions – Jonathan Greenard EDGE, Florida
68. New Yorkl Jets – Julian Okwara EDGE, Notre Dame
69. Carolina Panthers – Cameron Dantzler CB, Mississippi State
70. Miami Dolphins – Darrell Taylor EDGE, Tennessee
71. Los Angeles Chargers – Bryce Hall CB, Virginia
72. Arizona Cardinals – Jordyn Brooks LB, Texas Tech
73. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brandon Aiyuk WR, Arizona State
74. Cleveland Browns IOL, Louisiana
75. Indianapolis Colts – Adam Trautman TE, Dayton
76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Van Jefferson WR, Florida
77. Denver Broncos – Matthew Peart OT, UCONN
78. Atlanta Falcons – Cam Akers RB, Florida State
79. New York Jets – KJ Hamler WR, Penn State
80. Las Vegas – Ashtyn Davis S, California
81. Las Vegas Raiders – Davon Hamilton IDL, Ohio State
82. Dallas Cowboys – Troy Pride Jr. CB, Notre Dame
83. Denver Broncos – Akeem Davis-Gaither LB, Appalachian State
84. Los Angeles Rams – Darnay Holmes CB, UCLA
85. Detroit Lions – Terrell Burgess S, Utah
86. Buffalo Bills – Eno Benjamin RB, Arizona State
87. New England Patriots – Bryan Edwards WR, South Carolina
88. New Orleans Saints – Jalen Hurts QB, Oklahoma
89. Minnesota Vikings – Khalid Kareem EDGE, Notre Dame
90. Houston Texans – Marlon Davidson IDL, Auburn
91. Las Vegas Raiders – Jake Fromm QB, Georgia
92. Baltimore Ravens – Antonio Gibson RB, Memphis
93. Tennessee Titans – Larrell Murchison IDL, NC State
94. Green Bay Packers – Amik Robertson CB, Louisiana Tech
95. Denver Broncos – Ben Bredeson IOL, Michigan
96. Kansas City Chiefs – Damien Lewis IOL, LSU
97. Cleveland Browns – Troy Dye LB, Oregon
98. New England Patriots – Jacob Eason QB, Washington
99. New York Giants – Evan Weaver LB, California
100. New England Patriots – Cole Kmet TE, Notre Dame
101. Seattle Seahawks – Nick Harris IOL, Washington
102. Pittsburgh Steelers – Leki Fotu IDL, Utah
103. Philadelphia Eagles – Logan Wilson LB, Wyoming
104. Los Angeles Rams – Prince Tega Wanogho OT, Auburn
105. Minnesota Vikings – Donovan Peoples-Jones WR, Michigan
106. Baltimore Ravens – Bradlee Anae EDGE, Utah
107. Cincinnati Bengals – Quartney Davis WR, Texas A&M
108. Washington Redskins – Hunter Bryant TE, Washington
109. Detroit Lions – Shane Lemieux IOL, Oregon
110. New York Giants – Julian Blackmon S, Utah
111. Houston Texans – Tyler Johnson WR, Minnesota
112. Los Angeles Chargers – Logan Stenberg IOL, Kentucky
113. Carolina Panthers – John Simpson IOL, Clemson
114. Arizona Cardinals – Alex Highsmith EDGE, Charlotte
115. Cleveland Browns – Rashard Lawrence IDL, LSU
116. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jabari Zuniga EDGE, Florida
117. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Alohi Gilman S, Notre Dame
118. Denver Broncos – Jordan Elliott IDL, Missouri
119. Atlanta Falcons – Justin Strnad LB, Wake Forest
120. New York Jets – Michael Ojemudia CB, Iowa
121. Las Vegas Raiders – Chase Claypool WR, Notre Dame
122. Indianapolis Colts – Kenny Willekes EDGE, Michigan State
123. Dallas Cowboys – Tyler Biadasz IOL, Wisconsin
124. Pittsburgh Steelers – Solomon Kindley IOL, Georgia
125. New England Patriots – David Woodward LB, Utah State
126. Los Angeles Rams – Zack Moss RB, Utah
127. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Jones S, Texas
128. Buffalo Bills – Javelin Guidry CB, Utah
129. Baltimore Ravens – Thaddeus Moss TE, LSU
130. New Orleans Saints – Collin Johnson WR, Texas
131. Arizona Cardinals – Brycen Hopkins TE, Purdue
132. Minnesota Vikings – Hakeem Adeniji OT, Kansas
133. Seattle Seahawks – Antonio Gandy-Golden WR, Liberty
134. Baltimore Ravens – Jason Strowbridge IDL, North Carolina
135. Pittsburgh Steelers – Anthony Gordon QB, Washington State
136. Green Bay Packers – James Morgan QB, Florida International
137. Jacksonville Jaguars – Michael Onwenu IOL, Michigan
138. Kansas City Chiefs – Joe Bachie Jr. LB, Michigan State
139. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Cole McDonald QB, Hawaii
140. Jacksonville Jaguars – K’Von Wallace S, Clemson
141. Miami Dolphins – KJ Hill WR, Ohio State
142. Washington Redskins – Jack Driscoll OT, Auburn
143. Atlanta Falcons – Nick Coe EDGE, Auburn
144. Seattle Seahawks – Harrison Bryant TE, Florida Atlantic
145. Philadelphia Eagles – Harrison Hand CB, Temple
146. Philadelphia Eagles – Alton Robinson EDGE, Syracuse